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    Homemade Dog Food

    Create the Perfect Nutrition with Homemade Dog Food

    I feed my little dog homemade dog food every day. I cook a big batch every Sunday morning, enough to last all week. 

    By making my dog food at home, I'm able to choose everything that goes into his food. This can be important, especially if your dog has specific allergies or you want to feed them only the best.

    The quality of the food is always better than most grocery store brands, and because you can buy ingredients in bulk, you could end up saving a little money.

    Why Homemade Dog Food is Safer.

    It wasn't that long ago when dog owners were shocked to learn that dog food and treats imported mostly from China were causing dogs to suffer and die. Toxins in the food were poisoning our pets.

    You won’t have to worry about any manufacturer recalls because you’re the one preparing your dog’s meals. It's easy to make a large batch and freeze single portions. This save's you a whole lot of time and effort later on.

    Making Dog Food at Home can be Easy!

    I look at it this way. Taking a bit of time to prepare homemade food for your dog isn’t harder than if you were to make a meal for yourself or your family. If you'll spend just a little time to take care of your dog’s diet, your pet will benefit a great deal. 

    While there are tons of different dog foods on the market today, the best way to be sure exactly what they are eating is to make the food yourself.

    To maximize health, there are strict guidelines about how to feed both raw and cooked food to your dog. Follow these and your pet will enjoy vitality throughout their whole life.

    Feed a Diverse Diet

    Feed more than 50% raw or cooked meat. Dogs are primarily carnivorous and maintain greater health when a large portion of their regular diet is made up of meat. This can be raw from a quality source or cooked without the addition of oils, sauces or spices. Fat content should be watched for overweight or sedentary dogs. However, feeding only lean, white meat can result in nutrient deficiencies. A good balance of meat types is ideal.

    • Organ meat provides high levels of nutrition. Not only can dog owners purchase organ meat for less than more premium cuts, they are ideal for supplementing homemade dog food recipes.

    Beef or chicken liver is a great source of nutrients but they should not comprise more than 5% of the overall diet. Other organs such as the heart can provide lean protein as well.

    • Add fresh or canned fish for vitamins and minerals. Instead of supplementing your dog’s diet with vitamin D, include approximately one ounce of different types of fish to every pound of meat or meaty bones you feed him.

    Canned fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are all acceptable as long as they are prepared in water with no oil, dressings or spices added. Fresh fish should have the bones removed as you cook it. Certain varieties like trout and Pacific salmon should never be fed raw.

    • Highly nutritious eggs can be fed daily. Any dog that weighs more than 20 pounds can consume up to one egg each day. Smaller dogs should have less. These can be cooked or raw.

    I recommend that you always cook eggs before feeding them to your dog. Raw eggs can contain salmonella. Most dogs will have no problems, but I tend to not take chances.

    • Some experts say that meaty bones can be fed sparingly. Personally, I disagree! After having a scary experience when my little Bichon found a chicken bone on one of our walks, I steer clear of any bones at all. After seeing the X-rays of splintered bones narrowly missing his vital organs, I cannot recommend feeding bones to your dog.

    Are Dairy Products OK to give my Dog?

    Many dogs are lactose intolerant. They don’t possess the necessary enzymes to successfully break down the lactose (sugar) in many dairy products. Milk, ice cream, and most dairy products are high in lactose.

    Some dogs can digest dairy with no problems, others will develop diarrhea, stomach cramps, painful gas, or nausea.

    Many types of dairy are tolerated and provide important vitamins. Avoid full fat cheeses and instead, opt for lower fat dairy products like ricotta and cottage cheese, unflavored yogurt, and kefir. Goat’s milk cheeses can be substituted as well and may help if there is a dairy allergy.

    Certain cheeses are very low in lactose content. Cheddar, Swiss, and American cheese are a few.

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    About the AuthorAngela Miller

    Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.

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